Apple’s Mixed Reality (MR) headset will run a new operating system referred to as “realityOS” and will feature an App Store. That is according to a new discovery by a developer on the App Store.
Apple realityOS Is The New OS
Developer Steve Troughton-Smith spotted the code “#if TARGET_FEATURE_REALITYOS” in App Store upload logs which he suggests that Apple is developing the new OS which will run on the company’s upcoming new headset. Furthermore, Troughton-Smith notes that it is a separate OS with its own binaries in addition to featuring a simulator for developers, meaning that there will be an App Store too:
“My understanding of this realityOS reference in dyld is that it is real and that Apple force pushed a commit to remove it and hide it before anybody noticed. The internet, of course, never misses a trick. realityOS is Apple’s next big platform”
Having the VR/AR/MR headset as Apple’s biggest new product since 2014, it makes sense for the company to develop a new OS that will run on the headset. Taking iOS or iPadOS and slapping them on the headset will not be convenient for a whole new product joining Apple’s family of products and ecosystem.
Apple will reportedly launch its upcoming headset sometime in 2023. The Cupertino-based giant previously planned to debut the product in 2020 but it faced a delay to 2022. However, more developments issues pushed Apple to push it back to 2023 which is where we expect the VR/AR/MR headset to launch.
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) February 9, 2022